My Style Tips for Success

One of the most common questions I get asked during the planning stages with my clients is "What should we wear?" Advice on what to wear during your photo shoot has changed over the years. No longer are white shirts and jeans the trend. I am more than happy to discuss your clothing choices, help you narrow down your decision or give you a direction to focus on as well as make sure that your clothing coordinates well with the locations chosen for your photo shoot!

#1 Choose your palette first.

Pick a palette of 3-4 colors. Let this be your starting place. Think in terms of tones: blue tones, earth tones, neutrals, pastels, etc. Everyone in the family can express their own sense of style within the chosen color palette, and the whole group will coordinate beautifully.

 #2 Don’t match. Coordinate.

You want to compliment each other’s outfits by choosing colors that work well together. I find that if everyone is wearing the same clothing, people will all tend to blend in together and there won’t be too much pop and life to the images. I tend to like one pattern per 4 people.

#3 Use muted colors.

Muted tones look beautiful together in a family picture. When picking patterns, choose smaller ones that won’t pull attention away from the main subjects, and only put one person in a pattern. When thinking about texture, choose different ones that will give photos some interest such as lace, corduroy, denim, and knits.

Style guide of E Mc B Photography
Style guide of E Mc B Photography
Style guide of E Mc B Photography

 #4 Layering.

One of my favorite “tips” for clothing choices! In the Summer months, this may be more difficult to pull off but during all of the other seasons, definitely layer your outfits. Not only will it provide more visual interest in each photo but it will also allow a lot more variety in your shots and poses. Do you have a ton of images of yourself in just your dress or cute top and jeans? Throw on a little sweater or jacket and a hat and you will have an entirely different look.

 #5 Fit your style to your location.

Always keep your session location in mind when choosing your outfit. If your session is happening in a city setting, dress up a bit with a pair of cute heels and a fancier dress than you’d normally wear to match the bustling vibe of the city. If you’ve selected a more natural environment, choose something a bit more casual such as a maxi dress and opt for a casual footwear choice, like flat sandals or boots.

 #6 Keep make up natural.

You will want to avoid using very heavy makeup, but a bit of color on your lips, eyes, and cheeks will help bring you to life in photos. Be sure to bring some lip gloss with you as well for touch ups as there may be lots of smooches in store from your partner and little ones!

Style guide of E Mc B Photography

 #7 Use items with texture and movement.

Look at your clothes. Do any of them move? Do any of them make you want to touch them? These types of things add an element of connection to your images. Little girls love dresses with "twirl-ability", a cashmere sweater looks as good as it feels, a corduroy jacket, organic cotton, fur vest, chiffon or tulle skirts are good starting points.

 #8 Plan ahead.

Make sure you have given yourself enough time to think about all of the details of your session. Plan ahead so that:

  1. You can truly think about your photos and everything you want out of the session.
  2. You aren’t rushing and stressing out right before your session.
  3. If you have decided to go for a new look for your session or someone gets a bad haircut, you still have time to fix things if you need to.

 #9 Outfit changes.

If time allows it, bring another set of outfits or at least a change of jackets, add in a scarf, etc. Even a small change will add a lot of variety to your gallery.

 #10 Shop at the same store.

Make coordinating family photo outfits easy by shopping at the same store or brand. It’s especially helpful when there are multiple children to dress. Brands typically release their collections with looks that work well together.

 #11 Accessorize!

Accessories give your photographs that needed punch! They lend pops of color, personality, and interest. Some suggestions are a stack of bracelets, necklace, hat, scarves, jackets, glasses and flower crowns. Everybody wears them well, they add in extra layers (that I love) and they work for all ages.

Your future memories are the most important thing to me, and I want your session to be a time for you to just be yourselves and enjoy it. Have fun together. Laugh a lot. And I’ll take care of the rest! You can also take advantage of my client closet, that has over 100 items to choose from, ranging in size from newborn to 6.

Still have questions? Send me an email, I'm always available to talk style. :)

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